Beste Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History
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Blazons & Genealogy Notes
1) (Middleton Quernhow, Richmond, co. York). Gu. a chev. ar. betw. nine arrows or, three, three, and three, each parcel two in saltire and one in pale, barbed and banded of the second. Crest—An archer’s arm embowed gu. holding a bow in pale, and resting on the wreath ppr. strung az.
2) (Donnington, co. Berks). Gu. a Saracen’s head couped at the neck ppr. navally crowned or, betw. eight lions’ gambs chevronways in pairs paws inwards of the second. Crest—A cubit arm vested gu. cuff ar. a faulchion ppr. Motto—Optimus est qui optime facit.
3) (Digby-Beste, Botleigh Grange, co. Hants, and Abbotsham Court, co. Devon). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. a chev. gu. betw. three sheafs of arrows, two in saltier and one in pale sa. barbed and banded of the second, for Beste; 2nd, az. a fleur-de-lis ar., for Digby; 3rd, ar. a fess sa. over all a lion ramp. gu., for Whittingham. Crest—1st: An archer’s arm gu. holding a bow in pale strung or, Beste: 2nd: An ostrich ar. holding in the beak a horse shoe or, Digby. Motto—Solo Deo gloria.
4) de – Flandre – D’argent à la croix de gueules cantonnée au 1 d’un perroquet de sinople Cimier un crâne de boeuf au naturel. English: Argent with a cross gules, having in the dexter chief quarter a parrot vert; Crest: the head of an ox proper.